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Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
Paige Filler on Flickr Creative Commons

It's official: Yellow Springs will soon be home to a massive, environmentally friendly, medical-marijuana facility. Department of Commerce officials Thursday awarded medical marijuana-cultivation licenses to a dozen companies across the state.

Some important deadlines are approaching for anyone needing to buy private health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. 

Open enrollment began Nov. 1, 2017. The deadline to sign up for new coverage beginning Jan. 1, or to change an existing health plan, is Dec. 15, 2017, except for people who qualify for a so-called Special Enrollment Period.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
C.J. Geiger / Flickr/Creative Commons

The General Election is next week. In Yellow Springs, six candidates are competing for three seats on the Village Council.

Business owner Brian Housh is the lone incumbent on the ballot. The other candidates are business owner Chrissy Cruz, registered nurse Lisa Kreeger, Antioch College IT Director Kevin Stokes, business owner David Turner and Wright State University professor Taki Manolakos.

Sinclair Community College
WYSO/Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Early voting is underway ahead of Tuesday’s elections. In Montgomery County, voters will consider a levy to continue funding Sinclair Community College.   

Dayton School Board candidates participated in an issues forum in October
April Laissle / WYSO

As Election Day approaches, WYSO is taking a look at some of the important issues on the ballot. This year's Dayton School Board race is unusually crowded, with eight candidates vying for four seats. 

Mohamed Al-Hamdani, William Harris, Karen Wick-Gagnet, Jo'el Jones, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacy, and Ann Marie "Mario" Gallin are all on the ballot. WYSO news editor Jess Mador sat down with WYSO reporter April Laissle to discuss the race, the district and the candidates.

 

 

Tyra Patterson in an undated family photo.
Justice For Tyra Patterson Facebook page

Supporters of Tyra Patterson are celebrating a decision Tuesday by the Ohio parole board to release her by the end of this year. Patterson has served more than two decades in prison for her role in the 1994 murder of another teenager.

At a final hearing, the board said 42-year-old Patterson will be released on or after Christmas Eve.

Her attorney David Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, says Patterson was overwhelmed by news of the decision.

In October, the Trump administration instituted an immediate new rule allowing more employers to opt out of Affordable Care Act mandates covering free contraception if they object on moral or religious grounds.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Around 62 million women nationwide gained access to no-cost birth control as a result of Affordable Care Act mandates.

More than two million women in Ohio are eligible for that coverage, which pays for contraception, including expensive IUDs.

Now, women with free birth control coverage through some employer-based or university health plans may be at risk of losing that benefit.

Premier Health provider, Miami Valley Hospital
WYSO/Joshua Chenault

Health advocates are warning some Ohioans with private health insurance plans could see their premiums and costs rise next year unless Congress or President Donald Trump steps in to reverse a recent Trump administration order ending so-called cost-sharing payments to insurance companies. 

The reimbursement payments would amount to about $7 billion next year, AP reports.

Some existing DACA recipients face an October deadline to renew their documentation. Justice Department officials have said they will not extend the deadline past Oct. 5, 2017.
Dayton Indivisible For All (DIFA) / WYSO

Young immigrants in the United States under a program that temporarily suspends deportation have one more week to renew their documents.

CareSource is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio medicaid affordable care act
Joshua Chenault / WYSO

Officials with Dayton-based health insurance company CareSource are speaking out against a proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act. The company’s president has added her name to a letter opposing the Republican-backed bill known as Graham-Cassidy.

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